Run to Home Base Presented by New Balance
The Run to Home Base presented by New Balance will take place on Saturday, July 15th. This unique 9K run or 5K walk or run through the city of Boston ends with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of finishing the race by crossing Fenway’s famed home plate. Friends and family watch participants from the stands at Fenway, with food, entertainment and fun family activities in the concourses of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. In addition to New Balance, a major supporter of the Home Base Program through the Red Sox Foundation is BAE Systems, a global defense firm based in New Hampshire. The run honors heroic veterans and helps raise much needed funds for Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. This year, we will be honoring Vietnam Veterans during our pre-run ceremony, as well as at the pregame ceremony at the Red Sox vs. Yankees game later that evening.
One in three Veterans return with an invisible wound of war such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, co-occurring substance use disorder, or military sexual trauma. These invisible wounds are complex, individualized and extraordinarily challenging for all those affected. Families of veterans affected often need support as they seek ways to better understand and support their loved one. Many veterans also struggle with the stigma associated with these injuries and may be reluctant to seek care. For many years, Home Base has served as a beacon of hope to these veterans and their families, providing treatment and innovative wellness programs at no cost to the patient. Services such as community and clinical education and research are also provided free of charge.